PhD Studentship: Multimodal Imaging for early diagnosis of dementia

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
12 Jun 2019
Pharmacy, University of East Anglia

Location: Norwich 

Start Date: 01/10/2019 

Closes: 12/06/2019 

No. of positions available: 

Hours:  Full time 

Contract: Contract/ Temporary 

Supervisor: Dr Julie Sanderson 

Project description: 

The retina shares it developmental origins with the brain, and may be vulnerable to the same neurodegenerative processes that affect it. Recent advances in ophthalmologic imaging have opened up a new frontier in the study of dementia and the central nervous system. 

The PhD project will build on recent developments in ophthalmology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence with the aim of developing improved diagnostic models of healthy ageing and transitions into cognitive decline that will subsequently help improve dementia diagnosis. 

This project is part of is a multidisciplinary collaboration between several teams aiming to determine the effectiveness of retinal imaging as a biomarker for early diagnosis of dementia. The work will require the prospective PhD candidate to actively, collaborate with pre-clinical research groups at the University of East Anglia, and the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. 

 Entry Requirements: The applicant should have:

  • A BSc or MSc in Engineering, Computer Science, Neuroscience or comparable degree.
  • Good programming skills, experience in at least one of the following: MATLAB, Python, and Java/C++.
  • Background in imaging and image/ time series analysis (preferably with experience in retinal imaging /image analysis).
  • Knowledge of Machine learning techniques
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English 

For more information on the supervisors for this project, please go here: 

Person specification: 

Minimum entry requirement is 2:1. 

Funding notes: 

This PhD studentship is jointly funded for three years by Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School. Funding comprises home/EU tuition fees, an annual stipend of £15,009 and £1000 per annum to support research training. Applications are open to UK/EU applicants only.

For more information and to apply, click here